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The only mystery about Sir Ivan Rogers is why he was still in his job

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The wonder about Sir Ivan Rogers’s resignation as Britain’s ambassador to the EU is that he was still in the…

Press freedom in Britain is under attack - again

31 December 2016 9:00 am

It is said that the case for freedom of expression needs to be restated in every generation, but things move…

Lesson of 2016: if you address people's concerns, "populism" goes away

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When The Spectator was founded 188 years ago, it became part of what would now be described as a populist…

Revealed - Theresa May's Brexit strategy

3 December 2016 9:00 am

For months, now, a hunt has been on for the government’s Brexit strategy. Theresa May has quite rightly refused to…

Philip Hammond – just about managing

26 November 2016 9:00 am

From the moment she arrived in 10 Downing Street, Theresa May has been commendably clear about her economic priorities for…

We can no longer ignore the crisis in our prisons

19 November 2016 9:00 am

One of the stated objectives of this week’s brief strike by prison officers was to publicise the dire conditions in…

Why Trump's victory isn't like Brexit

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Donald Trump predicted that his election would be ‘Brexit times ten’ — which, as far as the stockmarket reaction was…

Theresa May's passage to India

5 November 2016 9:00 am

When a Prime Minister flies off abroad with a few business-leaders it is seldom worthy of comment. Such trade missions…

We'll struggle to build one runway. Why not struggle to build four?

29 October 2016 9:00 am

An extra runway for Heathrow was first proposed by a Labour government — not Gordon Brown’s, or Tony Blair’s, but…

Don’t let the defeat of Islamic State mean more terror at home

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The Islamic State’s pretence to nationhood was based on the holding of territory. With the battle for Mosul this week,…

Why are all this year's British Nobel winners in America?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

On the face of it, this year’s Nobel Prize awards have been a triumph for British scientists. No fewer than…

Beware of Tory complacency

8 October 2016 9:00 am

The Conservative party conference in Birmingham this week seemed a remarkably relaxed affair. The European question has been settled. Seldom…

Why is the British government silent about Aleppo?

1 October 2016 9:00 am

There was a time when the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo would have featured strongly in political debate in Britain. Just…

Britain has shown Germany how to handle a migrant crisis

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Only now does Angela Merkel concede that her admitting a million refugees last year was a mistake. It was obvious…

In defence of David Cameron’s achievements

17 September 2016 9:00 am

It is too early to tell what sort of Prime Minister Theresa May will turn out to be, but we…

Now, finally, we can have a real debate about immigration

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Calm is slowly returning to the debate about Britain and Europe. The shrillness of the referendum campaign, and the hysteria…

The Apple tax grab shows the wisdom of Brexit

3 September 2016 9:00 am

It’s strange that, even now, the Brexit vote is routinely referred to as an expression of anger or frustration —…

The proof that Scotland is better off in the UK

27 August 2016 9:00 am

This time two years ago, the United Kingdom stood on the brink of dissolution. The referendum on Scottish independence hung…

It's time to defend Brexit

20 August 2016 9:00 am

One of the many incorrect predictions about this year’s referendum was that those who voted for Brexit would soon regret…

Whatever China says, we need to dump Hinkley Point

13 August 2016 9:00 am

The Chinese government is unlikely to give Theresa May a panda in the near future. This week the country’s ambassador…

The best way to save refugee lives (Britain's doing it)

6 August 2016 9:00 am

How should a country deal with refugees? This week the British government received an important legal vindication of its approach:…

The post-Brexit economy is more open than ever

30 July 2016 9:00 am

For all Gordon Brown’s economic mistakes, he at least tried to build confidence in the British economy. In the build-up…

Why is Theresa May threatening Britain's EU nationals over Brexit?

23 July 2016 9:00 am

This week’s lead article, as read by Lara Prendergast Helga Hunter met her husband Michael when he was a Scots…

David Cameron’s legacy (it's not just Brexit)

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Midway through his final cabinet meeting, David Cameron realised — with some horror — that it had turned into a…

Iraq: the real question

9 July 2016 9:00 am

‘If it falls apart, everything falls apart in the region’ — Note from Tony Blair to George W. Bush, 2…